Thursday, May 22, 2014

Visualizing Brain Activity

I'm always fascinated by the workings of biology, especially the nervous system and the brain.

I saw this cool animation that visualizes the patterns of electrical activity as neurons fire.

After looking into it, I found that the animation above is from the 'Glass Brain' project, which uses 3D visualization to map bran activity in real time.

After seeing this, I was reading a related article about the effort to map brain activity down to the individual neurons. This is currently being used on worms with a simpler nervous system.

Daily Mail:

With this research, and the recently launched BRAIN Initiative by the US government, we will undoubtedly see increasing knowledge about this subject in the coming years, similar to the unraveling of the genome.

The human brain continues the quest to try to understand itself...

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